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Force works his way back.

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TODAY'S NAP: Exopuntia (2.25pm Southwell) WORKFORCE is likely to return to Epsom again in June to begin his 2011 campaign in the Investec Coronation Cup.

Last year's Derby hero of this year, who also landing the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has stayed in training and will be aimed at the top middle-distance races.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt could be dropped back to 1m2f, but with connections also having the likes of Twice Over and Byword, the main plan will be staying at a mile and a half starting back at the scene of his record-breaking Derby success.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: "They went a tremendous pace in the Derby and he settled really well.

"The good thing is he handled the track very well and came down the hill on the bridle.

"His pedigree says he can improve as a four-year and his trainer is more than adept in bringing horses on.

"We will see how he winters and see how he goes, but the Coronation Cup would be a fairly obvious starting point.

"We want to try and make him what we believe him to be - a very high-class horse.

"We want him to do that in a range of top-class races.

"If the right race over a mile and a quarter came up, it (mile and a quarter) certainly wouldn't be discounted."

Abdullah is also hoping for ommore glory with Twice Over and Byword, who are both set to be aimed at the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan in March.

The Henry Cecil-trained Twice Over will look to improve on his 10th place finish earlier this year in the world's richest race.

It was a big season for the four-year-old who went on to win big-race successes at the top level in the Coral-Eclipse and the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.

The Dubai Duty Free is the likely target of the Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Byword, who is trained in France by Andre Fabre.

Grimthorpe said: "Twice Over is an absolute favourite of Warren Place and Juddmonte. He's done us so proud - I wish we had 10 like him. Twice Over stays in training, as does Byword.

"Twice Over would head for the Dubai World Cup and Byword will go for the Duty Free."

It was a big season last time for Abdullah and he is again looking forward to another.

The Henry Cecil-trained filly Midday was one of the leading lights and she will bid to add to her five Group One wins during the new Flat season.

Grimthorpe added: "She's just progressed tremendously well throughout the year.

"She wasn't quite ready at York, but Henry gave her the time and she came through for us.

"She had an exceptionally good year and she stays in training."

Meanwhile another from the Cecil camp, the unbeaten juvenile Frankel, could make his seasonal return in a Classic trial before bidding for glory in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.

Connections of the champion two-year-old are looking at the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April ahead of his date with destiny at Headquarters. Grimthorpe said: "Frankel's great and is relaxed and in his winter quarters at Warren Place. He'll be trotting every day, but he won't be doing very much.

"With these horses you have to see how they winter and progress throughout the spring before outlining a definite campaign.

"His initial target will be in the 2000 Guineas, but whether he has a race beforehand I don't know, but the Greenham would be a possible target.

"Whether he stays a mile and a half or not, not necessarily - it's open to conjecture. He's the champion two-year-old, what he becomes thereafter is going to be a bonus."

TODAY'S NAP: Exopuntia (2.25pm Southwell)


Workforce, pictured winning the Derby in June, may return to Epsom this year
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2010
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